Good friends to walk to all Scottish football stadiums in aid of charity
Friends Siobhan Mann and Chris Sayle are setting off on an incredible 865-mile walk, visiting all 42 Scottish Football League stadiums in 15 days for charity. The pair will start their epic challenge on 26 May at Ross County stadium in Dingwall and finish at Albion Rovers in their hometown of Coatbridge on 9 June.
Siobhan and Chris hope to reach their target of £5000, which will then be split between Beatson Cancer Charity and Ronald McDonald House Glasgow.
Chris came up with the idea a few years ago initially as a cycle challenge but due to knee surgery it was postponed.
He said: “This was until I walked the Clyde and Union Canal last year in aid of the Stroke Association. I walked with a friend who had two strokes at the age of 33, and it inspired me to rethink my challenge.
“The reason I’ve chosen Beatson Cancer Charity as one of the charities, is because everyone knows someone who has been affected by this horrible illness. And I’m lucky that I am in a position of good health where I can do things that a lot of people might take for granted, to raise money for those in need.
“We are looking to raise £5000 from the walk, but we would obviously like to give both charities as much as possible.”
Chris first told Siobhan about the challenge when they were picking their kids up from school.
Siobhan said: “I was at the school gates with Chris when he told me about his wee idea, and I thought why not, I’ll join you. I am that daft - in a good way!
“Chris worked out the average number of steps per mile to be 1.6 million over 15 days. I was shocked to say the least, but it’s for two great causes, so the blisters will be worth it!
“I don’t think for a minute it’s going to be an easy challenge, but I’ll enjoy it and there will be so many people that will benefit from the money raised.”
Maisie Hamilton, Beatson Cancer Charity’s Community Fundraising Manager, said: “This is an incredible and unique challenge, and we wish Siobhan and Chris the best of luck.
“Beatson Cancer Charity is so lucky to have such wonderful supporters, who will literally walk hundreds of miles to raise money for us and the cancer patients we are here for.”
Beatson Cancer Charity supports people affected by cancer, making the journey easier by transforming the way cancer is cared for and funded. The charity provides services, as well as funding specialists, research and education to invest in a better future for cancer patients and their families.
Siobhan and Chris’s schedule:
Day 1 – 26/05/2018
Ross County Football Club to Inverness Caledonian Thistle stadium, then Elgin City Football Club.
Day 2 – 27/05/2018
Leave Elgin City and walk to Peterhead.
Day 3 – 28/05/2018
Arrive at Peterhead stadium, then onto Aberdeen Football Club, Leave Aberdeen and stay in Newtonhill.
Day 4 – 29/05/2018
Leave Newtonhill for Montrose Football Club, then on to Brechin City and Arbroath.
Day 5 – 30/05/2018
Leave Arbroath and head to Forfar Athletic Football Club. Then on to Dundee United, and St Johnstone Football Club in Perth to end the day.
Day 6 – 31/05/2018
Leave Perth and head for East Fife Football Club, then Raith Rovers, and on to Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline Athletic.
Day 7 – 01/06/2018
Leave Dunfermline towards Alloa Football Club. Then onto Stirling Albion, Stenhousemuir, Falkirk Clyde FC in Cumbernauld, where they’ll stay the night at their homes in Coatbridge.
Day 8 – 02/06/2018
Livingston Football Club, then to Hearts of Midlothian and on to Edinburgh City, followed by Hibernian FC, and finish the day in Tranent.
Day 9 – 03/06/2018
First stop is Berwick Rangers, then a stay in Cornhill On Tweed.
Day 10 – 04/06/2018
Leave Cornhill On Tweed and stay in Langholm.
Day 11 – 05/06/2018
Head to Annan, and on to Queen of the South FC with a stay in Corsock.
Day 12- 06/06/2018
On to Stranraer.
Day 13 – 07/06/2018
Next stop is Ayr.
Day 14 – 08/06/2018
Kilmarnock FC, then Greenock Morton, Dumbarton, and the day in Partick.
Day 15 – 09/06/2018
The final day…. Partick Thistle to St Mirren in Paisley, and on to Ibrox, home of Rangers. Next stop is Hampden Park, then Celtic Park. Followed by Hamilton FC, Motherwell FC, on to Airdrie and the final couple of miles to Coatbridge, home to Albion Rovers.
Both Chris and Siobhan would love the support of Team Beatson at any of these locations.
The pair will celebrate their successes with a charity night on 16 June at the Georgian Hotel on 16 June with the opportunity to win a Dacia Sandero Ambiance!